Claire Sullivan

University of Dayton

Claire Sullivan, class of 2021, is a natural servant leader, committed change agent, and bright innovative scholar. She has been a wonderful asset to the University and Dayton communities, through her dedication to servant leadership, passion for environmental sustainability, social justice, and commitment to the common good. As a River Steward through the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, a three-year co-curricular program focused on developing civic engagement and leadership skills through water and river advocacy, Claire and her fellow Stewards organized and created storm drain paintings in the student neighborhoods and in the nearby neighborhood to educate fellow students and residents about storm water run-off and the importance of caring for our water systems. As co-leader of the campus sustainability team in the Hanley Sustainability Institute, Claire works to engage and train a team of volunteer peer educators focused on living simply and sustainably beyond UD. Claire understands that showing up, being present, and bringing her whole self to every situation is crucial to change making and social action.

Dr. Eric F. Spina
University of Dayton

Personal Statement

My community engagement has stemmed from my passion for social and environmental justice. When I have encountered and learned about injustices in the world, I felt an ethical sense of morality driving me to learn more and speak up in the pursuit of that justice. As a River Steward at the University of Dayton, I recently lead a volunteer project placing “no dumping” medallions on storm drains of a nearby city. I spoke to the city council afterwards, challenging them to think deeper about climate change and sustainability in their community, with the hope that my words may inspire them to action. I am dedicated to sustainability education in the community and on campus, whereby I lead volunteers to give sustainability presentations that have reached over 1400 students on campus. Also, I am currently working on the Moral Courage Project, a human rights storytelling project which will focus on sharing stories of moral courage regarding water access in the Kentucky Appalachian region and Flint, MI. I believe strongly in the intersectionality of social justice issues and the power of working together and supporting each other in fighting for the recognition and enjoyment of dignity for all regardless of our differences.

Claire Sullivan
Biology Major | SEE and Political Science Minors: Class of 2021
written 2020

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Alexander Kaye, U. of Central Florida Miyako Iwata, UC Berkeley M. Chiamaka Okonkwo, UNC Charlotte Noelia Michelle Flores González, Universidad de Monterrey Ashlyn Woods, University of Baltimore Greta Hacker, University of Central Arkansas Christian Coleman, University of Central Oklahoma Hailey Ettinger, University of Colorado Boulder Michael Hernández, University of Connecticut Claire Sullivan, University of Dayton Maggie Nelson, University of Delaware Tarun Ramesh, University of Georgia Gregoria Uroza, University of Houston-Downtown Wasan Kumar, University of Illinois at Chicago Kaitlyn Meyr, University of Kentucky Ana Benitez, University of La Verne Amanda Gardner, University of Maine at Augusta Stephanie Turcios, University of Mary Washington Nihira Mugamba, University of Maryland, Baltimore County(UMBC) Maggie Sullivan, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Danelia Ramirez Aguilar, University of Massachusetts Lowell Jendayi London, University of Miami Meredith Days, University of Michigan Lucy Grimshaw, University of Missouri – St. Louis Kortney Sims, University of Montana Dinesh Karki, University of Nebraska Omaha Alexandra Vergara, University of New Hampshire Keyri Ambrocio, University of New Haven Aryelle Jacobsen, University of North Carolina Asheville Katherine Torres, University of North Georgia Yarik Molina, University of North Texas at Dallas Cole Passick, University of Northern Iowa Evan McKenna, University of Notre Dame Justin Norris, University of Oklahoma Nisha Sridhar, University of Oregon Oluwatomisin Oyedele, University of Pennsylvania Stephanie Rose, University of Pittsburgh TJ Tann, University of Richmond Ana Trejo Aguilar, University of San Diego Evelyn Pedraza Fernandez, University of San Francisco Imani Sherrills, University of South Carolina Beaufort Patrick Mack, University of South Carolina Upstate Reylan Cook, University of South Carolina-Columbia - Columbia, SC Tyus Edmond, University of St Thomas Amber Heidenreich, University of Wisconsin - Superior Shehrose Charania, University of Wisconsin-Madison Tavyonia Davis, University of Wisconsin-Parkside Trenton Ebel, UW Green Bay
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